Psychological capital and occupational stress in emergency services teams: empowering effects of servant leadership and workgroup emotional climate

Anna Krzeminska, Joel Lim, Charmine E J Härtel

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Abstract

Occupational stress occurs in a variety of forms, types, and situations. Arguably, a certain level of stress can encourage productivity, ingenuity, and satisfaction. As occupational stress escalates, however, people’s capacity to deal with it diminishes, eventually compromising work performance and provoking people to express negative emotions. These negative aspects of stress are buffered to a certain extent by individual differences such as personality as well as external contextual factors such as the working environment. This chapter reports a study applying an affective events theory (AET) as a framework to investigate perceived stress in response to negative events in emergency services’ workplaces and the potential buffering effects of servant leadership, affective team climate, and psychological capital. An experience sampling methodology (ESM) was used to record daily cases of self-reported negative events experienced by participants over the three week data-collection period. A structured survey questionnaire independent of the ESM was also used to collect data from 44 emergency service operation members. The findings indicate that servant leadership behavior, affective team climate, and individual psychological capital all are significantly related to reduced perceived occupational stress in emergency service team members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndividual, relational, and contextual dynamics of emotions
EditorsLaura Petitta, Charmine E. J. Härtel, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Wilfred Zerbe
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Chapter9
Pages189-215
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781787548442, 9781787548466
ISBN (Print)9781787548459
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameResearch on Emotion in Organizations
PublisherEmerald Publishing Ltd
Volume14
ISSN (Print)1746-9791

Keywords

  • Servant leadership
  • affective team climate
  • psychological capital
  • occupational stress
  • experience sampling methodology
  • emergency services teams
  • workgroup emotional climate

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